Thursday, December 13, 2018

{My Parties} Red Carpet Hollywood Party

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What little girl doesn’t love to get glammed up and throw on a boa and act like a celebrity now and then? A Red Carpet Hollywood party is such a fun theme for girls of any age. I have always loved to watch the red carpet, even as a little girl. So, I would have loved to have had a red carpet themed party as a child! I did this theme a few years ago with some other fun items from Shindigz. You can check that out here. 

To make your little one really feel like a celebrity, set up your own red carpet and step-and-repeat right at your own home! To create mine, I used the VIP backdrop and simply taped it right to the wall with some scotch tape. It’s easily removable and because it’s made of vinyl, it sticks really well to the wall just using static cling. To create that movie premiere feeling, I personalized this Hollywood Marquee sign standee to say “Happy Birthday Maddie” as if our party guests were attending their very own movie.  Then, on either side, we had to have some super star and popcorn balloons.  No red carpet is complete without the paparazzi! This giant paparazzi standee is SO fun and the kids loved it. The best part is that it comes with a sound box that makes the camera clicks and flash noises to really get those imaginations going! And we had to keep those pesky paparazzi at bay with our red rope and stanchions. We also used this area for our photo booth!

Kids love really being immersed in a theme (I do too!). To create their very own fancy premiere or awards night table, use a simple red polyester table cloth, and then add some sparkle with a gold sequin tablecloth down the middle. These stretchy chair covers are one of my favorite party supplies. They go over any folding chair since they stretch and they really make your party look put together. Add a simple red stretch band to the back to tie in the theme.  To create a tall centerpiece, I used two red cake plates stacked up with a movie camera metal centerpiece. This centerpiece has a place for a votive candle to be inserted, if your party is in the evening. I picked up some simple red iced cupcakes at my local grocery store and gave them extra shimmer with some gold and silver Candyfetti. On the top layer, these Awards Night Mints were the perfect addition. And every movie star needs fresh breath!

Each place setting had personalized Walk of Fame plates and cups. I used gold chargers to really make the place settings fancy for the kids. Popcorn is a must for a movie premiere, so each place setting had their own personal popcorn container! These are plastic versions, so they also make great favors for the kids to take home! And speaking of favors, I love these personalized chocolate lollipops. The kids loved them too!

When the cupcakes and popcorn were all gone, it was time to pose in front of our step and and repeat for some photo booth fun! As you can tell, the kids loved being able to pretend they were celebrities and red carpet reporters. They felt very fancy with all their fun props like feather boas, sunglasses, clap board, light box, microphones, and VIP passes!  Make your child the star of their very own show!

Party Supplies: Shindigz
Candyfetti: Sweets Indeed

Friday, December 7, 2018

Madison and Herbie's Springtime Garden Wedding

It's wintertime, so let's talk about a warm springtime wedding!
This gorgeous wedding was for a lovely, sweet family that I have known for a while. The bride's mom was my realtor when I bought my house 8 years ago!
So, it was so fun to work with her again on this gorgeous day for her oldest daughter. 
Madison, the bride, was inspired by the 2016 Pantone colors of the year; Serenity and Rose Quartz. 
She wanted a soft palette for her spring day, and I loved that! We paired this color duo with gold tones to warm the entire design.
I think you can really see that inspiration in my design for her. 

It was a gorgeous April day, with NO April showers! 

This sweet moment with mom and daughter is always a favorite of mine. 

The floral design is by Deedra Stone Designs and I adore this soft, loose bouquets filled with roses, anenomes, and greenery. They bounce off the Serenity blue dresses so beautifully. 

Madison's bouquet was filled with gorgeous peonies, pink and blush roses, and it was so perfect. 

Look at sweet dad! I love these moments, captured so beautifully by Grace Starr Photography. 

The trend of bridesmaid dresses in all different styles is one I love, because that way all your bridesmaids can feel comfortable in a style that flatters them. 

Such a beautiful bridal party, right? 

Madison and Herbie were married in her family's church and since it is very large, we had to have a big "wow" moment for their altarpiece. Madison sent me her inspiration for the altar and I loved it. Deedra Stone made it even more beautiful than the inspiration photo!

I loved the grey suits because it just suited the softer palette. Black would have been so harsh up next to the pink and blue. 

I'm just going to spam this post with tons of portraits because I can't get over how gorgeous they are. 

When the guests arrived at the reception at Hardin Hall at Memphis Botanic Gardens, they signed in on a canvas of their engagement photos that we used as a guest book. This is the perfect keepsake for the new couple's home. 

My friends at Shindigz provided us with so many fun items for this wedding, including this fun sign with the couple's hashtag. 

For the linens, I chose a very soft pink. I didn't want to overwhelm the room with a brighter pink. It's really more of a blush. I wanted to also play off the blue of the cloud ceiling, which was the perfect addition to our color palette. 

Deedra Stone did three different floral arrangements for our tables, with a very tall, loose garden arrangement, a smaller arrangement, and some tables with a metallic lantern and greenery. 

For the cake table, I always love having a WOW moment. When I saw these doors at White Door Events, I knew that they would be a perfect backdrop for a cake. When the guests entered, they had a direct sight line to the cake, so I wanted it to be an eye-catcher. Deedra's team added florals dripping off the top to really frame the cake. 
The tablecloth is a gorgeous blush and cream brocade. 
The beautiful cake is a simple design, with vertical grooves in the icing treatment. The topper and garden florals dressed it up so beautifully. 

The custom watercolor napkins and donut bags are from For Your Party. 

Guests were invited to use the outdoor space at Memphis Botanic Garden by playing these custom cornhole boards that I had made at Shindigz. The bride and groom can keep these forever!

Madison had a special request for the groom's cake area. Madison LOVES watermelon donuts from Gibson's Donuts here in Memphis and Herbie doesn't really like cake all that much, but he LOVES cookies. Madison had to have these watermelon donuts, so I custom ordered them for her. to display them, we did a donut wall with warm cookies delivered by Insomnia Cookies at just the right time! These cookies and donuts got outta there FAST!

I created a custom donut wall with some pegboard and my Cricut and light pink vinyl. 

Not a cake taste, but a DONUT taste!

You know it's a fun wedding when the girls have their shoes off!

After a rose petal exit, our bride and groom were off to their honeymoon!

And just a few more of those portraits because they are just swoon-worthy. 



Planning and Design: GreyGrey Designs
DJ: DJ Funn
                                                   Catering: Germantown Commissary
Additional Supplies: Shindigz
Napkins and Donut Bags: ForYourParty
Donuts: Gibson's Donuts